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The Christmas Basket Hardcover – October 1, 2002

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Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Prolific, bestselling romance novelist Macomber offers fans a stocking stuffer for the Christmas season. Twenty-eight-year-old workaholic Noelle McDowell takes a rare vacation from her high-powered computer company in Dallas to come home to smalltown Rose, Ore., for the holidays and help plan her sister's wedding. Noelle hasn't been to Rose in 10 years-ever since her high school sweetheart jilted her. Theirs was a secret romance because their mothers, one-time best friends, had long been engaged in a bitter feud that began when Sarah McDowell borrowed Mary Sutton's antique tea service and never returned it. A silly popcorn-throwing incident at the movies brings Noelle and her ex, Thom-now a handsome executive at a prosperous startup-together again. They discover they're still in love. But will their warring families ruin their second chance for happiness? Their mothers, coincidentally assigned to the same volunteer job-filling Christmas baskets for the needy-begin their charity mission with a vicious toy-throwing fight at a local mall. Will an accident during an ice storm provide an occasion for their reconciliation? There aren't exactly any hairpin plot turns in this formulaic, feel-good, PG-rated contemporary romance. Still, the mom-against-mom catfight adds a dash of hilarity to this lightweight confection. The good, clean holiday fun should satisfy Macomber's fans.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

Home for the first time in years for her sister's holiday wedding, Noelle McDowell is forced to face Thom Sutton, the man who jilted her when they were both teenagers. Complicating matters is the longstanding feud between their mothers, which, although it will likely seem silly and shallow to most readers, is actually at the root of Noelle and Thom's problems. Fans will likely demand this light, little Christmas hardcover romance by one of the genre's favorites, especially if they enjoy sweet, contemporary romances of the Americana variety. Macomber (Between Friends) lives in Port Orchard, WA.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Mira; First Edition edition (October 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1551669447
  • ISBN-13: 978-1551669441
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 5.6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (233 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #279,294 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Debbie Macomber is a #1 New York Times bestselling author and one of today's most popular writers with more than 170 million copies of her books in print worldwide. In her novels, Macomber brings to life compelling relationships that embrace family and enduring friendships, uplifting her readers with stories of connection and hope. Macomber's novels have spent over 750 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. Eight of these novels hitting the number one spot.

In 2015, Macomber's all-new hardcover novels include Last One Home (March), Silver Linings (August) and Dashing Through The Snow (October). Paperback editions will be issued in 2015 for Blossom Street Brides (March) and her Christmas novel, Mr. Miracle (October). In addition to fiction, Macomber has published cookbooks; inspirational and nonfiction works; as well as acclaimed children's books.In addition to fiction Macomber has also published two bestselling cookbooks; numerous inspirational and nonfiction works; and two acclaimed children's books.

Macomber's Cedar Cove Series became Hallmark Channel's first dramatic scripted television series, Debbie Macomber's Cedar Cove, now enjoying its third season. In addition, Macomber's upcoming Christmas novel, Dashing Through the Snow, will be adapted as a Hallmark Channel movie in fall 2015.

Macomber owns the Victorian Rose Tea Room and A Good Yarn Shop, named after those she featured in her novels. She and her husband, Wayne, serve on the Guideposts National Advisory Cabinet, and she is World Vision's international spokesperson for their Knit for Kids charity initiative.

A devoted grandmother, Debbie and her husband Wayne live in Port Orchard, Washington (the town on which her Cedar Cove novels are based) and winter in Florida.

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Format: Hardcover
Two events changed two families' lifelong friendship years ago. When Sandy MacDowell borrowed Mary Sutton's tea service, loaned it to someone, and it was then stolen, their families became enemies. Despite this, Noel MacDowell and Thomas Sutton managed to fall in love and plan to marry. However, a misunderstanding shattered this relationship and the two parted, not to see one another for ten years.
When Noelle comes home to be part of her sister's wedding, it is inevitable that Thomas is one of the first people she sees, and keeps on seeing. At first, both pretend that their love turned into hate, but before long, they realize it did not and try to be just friends, though secretly. Their mothers still hate each other; however, they are being forced to work together on their club's annual Christmas basket project.
In an effort to mend the feud, Thomas and Noelle begin a search for a duplicate tea service, and in the process find that friendship is not all they feel. As Christmas draws nearer, can two miracles occur and two sets of hearts be healed?
... With trademark humor and warmth, Debbie Macomber spins a tale sure to touch your heart. Both storylines are endearing and captivating, as you can always expect with this writer. Her characters, as always, are easy to relate to, as if you already knew them, or someone just like them. This is perfect reading with a cup of warm cocoa, even in the deep south where it might be iced hot chocolate instead.
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As a relatively new reader of the romance genre, I was surprised by the great development of the characters in this book. Seeing good people at their worst was so much fun. It had great humor. I was cracking up through most of the book. This is NOT one of those sappy sweet sticky books. It is not the least bit smutty. I would be quite comfortable to let a young girl who likes romances read this. If you need a quick read to lift your holiday spirits, or to give you a holiday spirit any time that you need it, pick up this book. I will pick up more from this author. This would make a great chick film. (Sorry, not for they guys, not explosions, no nudity!)
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Debbie Macomber is a romance author and that is just what I expected from this wonderful writer. I wasn't prepared for what I would call the "show stealing" characters of Sarah Mc Dowell (Noelle's mother)and Mary Sutton (Thom's mother). Although this book is about Noelle and Thom, their mothers antics make this a comedy about two women who have been feuding for 20 years about a stolen silver tea service that belonged to Mary. If anyone is looking for a quick read and a fun time, then read this book.
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The Christmas Basket is the story of Noelle McDowell. She is returning to her childhood home for the first time since her broken engagement to Thom Sutton. The two were going to sneak off to get married because of a feud that had driven apart the once close family. The marriage never happened though because of events that took place that long ago night. This causees Noelle to face going home with dread and trepidation. Hoping to avoid seeing Thom during her stay at her parents house, Noelle comes face to face with Thom on the plane home. Neither is happy to see each other as memeories of their past come back full force. Can they resolve their problems from the past and become friends this Christmas? Will their feuding mothers find peace with each other while filling Christmas baskets?
The Christmas basket is a short feel-good Christmas story. It is a quick read with plenty of laughs. The mothers and their antics to outperform each other are hilarious. They were more fun to read about than the two main characters. This story is very easy to read and can be read in an afternoon or evening.
Debbie Macomber is great at what she does. This is another good story with characters you can relate to and like. A book to get you in the Christmas mood.
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This is another winner for me, I can picture this book being made into a movie. I loved this story about two moms that use to be the best of friends, then one day Sarah McDowell, had borrowed Mary Sutton's antique tea service and never returned it, It was stolen and Mary never forgave Sarah for it, they stopped talking for twenty years. Sarah's daughter Noelle and Mary son Thom, were high school sweethearts. They were going to meet at the park and elope, Noelle thinking that Thom had stood her up and Thom thinking that Noelle stood him up Noelle leaves and moves away, it has been ten years and she is finally coming home for her sister's wedding. She has to face Thom and what happen 10 years ago, she is hoping she can put this all behind her. In order for Sarah to book the hall for her daughters wedding she has to help with the Christmas Baskets and she has to work a long side with Mary, they both made me laugh so much, whenever they got together, both being stubborn and neither of them moving an inch to become friends again, sometimes it makes you think when you have had a friend who was your best friend at one time and something has become between you to and you feel that you can never get that friendship back, but if the friendship is worth it then it's worth saving.
Happy Reading Lisa
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